Originally Posted by Bkcberry
I'm planning on building a lift like the one JeepStrangler has here, and I was wondering if anyone knows the balance point for the 4 door top?
BIG LESSON! The balance point varies based on how open (or closed) the rear glass window is for the top. I put my balance point at 23 1/2" from the rear of the channel, and the channel is 44" long from front to back. Per the picture, the side to side superstrut adds another couple of inches to the overall length (which is why I measured from the back, since the length won't change).
I keep the rear hatch open about 2-3" and secure it with a piece of 18 gauge wire that loops through the window lift support struts on each side, and is twisted together on the outside. The wire just sits around the metal part of the window strut.
If you put the hole in the wrong spot, opening the window moves the center of balance toward the back, and closing the window moves the center of balance toward the front. So even though i was off a little on my hanger location, I just opened the window slightly and it balanced perfectly.